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Akko’s ancient harbour exposed in Israel

Archaeologists working in the ancient city of Akko have exposed the ancient port there which used to be the most important port in Israel during the Hellenistic period.

The finds were discovered during the course of archaeological excavations being carried out as part of the seawall conservation project undertaken by the Old Akko Development Company and underwritten by the Israel Lands Administration.

The first evidence indicating the possible existence of this quay was in 2009 when a section of pavement was discovered comprised of large kurkar flagstones dressed in a technique reminiscent of the Phoenician style that is characteristic of installations found in a marine environment. This pavement, which was discovered underwater, raised many questions amongst archaeologists. Besides the theory that this is a quay, some suggested this was the floor of a large building.

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Story: MFA.gov.il | Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

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